Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween from Echo Lake

Echo Lake - Alisa from ///NO PAIN IN POP\\\ on Vimeo.

Here's their aptly gross video for their cover of Ariel Pink's "Alisa". A remastered version appears on their Young Silence EP re-isssue coming out to Japanese audiences in two weeks. For the rest of us, the unmastered version is grabbable via this Pinglewood Ariel Pink special mix.

Happy Day of the Death everybody, and stay safe whether you get tricks or treats.

EDIT: Just heard from the band that you can still enjoy the remastered version even if you won't be buying the reissue in Japan. Click here for a free download:

Alisa (Ariel Pink Cover) by Echo Lake

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Stream League's 'How Do I Know' EP

League are a London & LA two-piece, who make textured, semi-psychedelia with just right doses of Yeasayer, MGMT and Beach House. This, their latest EP, rings out with syncopated drum rhythms, beautifully lifting guitar lines and intelligent instrumentation choices.

It's always refreshing to hear a band who don't try to hide their influences behind too many layers of mish-mashed confusion but just put their own honest stamp on things. The three tracks that make up How Do I Know are all well worth a listen and a sign of even better things to come from the band.

You can also hear their previous Golden Maps EP on their Bandcamp. Now we've just gotta get them to play London.

Reviewed: Chase & Status at Brixton Academy

I forgot that I went to this, reviewed it, then didn't share it on this ting. Felt pretty hilarious having someone from the PR company hand-deliver the tickets on their bike, while I wasn't even at work. I think my boss reckons I'm someone really important now. Not really.

Anyway, my friend Bruce and I were moshed about, had entire pints spilled down our backs and counted more than thirty Fred Perry shirts, all within the first half hour of getting into the show (we didn't really keep count). Chase & Status were great, Tinie Tempah's surprise performance made people go ape-shit and it was fun overall. Read the full review on Addict Music now.

Song of the Day: "Call Me An Animal"

This track, by new band I Am In Love, grabbed me within the first twenty seconds of playing it: always a good sign. And luckily the band delivered for the other four and a half minutes that make up my song of the day today.

I Am In Love are a four-piece apparently from Leicestershire and their brand of power-pop indie has that instant dance-a-bility that's always attracted me to the strong players in the indie game. Plus, that synth sample at the beginning of the track sounds like new M83 and that's always gonna be a good thing.

The band are giving this track away via their Facebook tomorrow, in the weeks before their Robot Needs Home EP drops on the 21st of November. Get involved now and if you've got the chance check them out at one of their live shows below. I'm goona aim for the EP launch party at Catch.

Tour dates:
Wednesday 23rd November - Shoreditch, Catch London
Thursday 24th November – Brighton, Pav Tav
Friday 25th November - Leicester Firebug
Saturday 26th November - Leeds Cockpit 3

Friday, 28 October 2011

I'm DJing Guilty Pleasures at KOKO

Dan & I being silly behind the decks at the London Fields night we played

For a nineties-themed Halloween party on Saturday (October 29th). As far as I know it's all sold out in advance, but they'll be releasing 100 on the door and if you wanna come down hit me up on the Facebook page: I'll see what I can swing, guestlist-wise. I was up for ages last night intermittently getting really excited about the tracks while feeling really sleepy chopping and pulling them together.

Here are a few gems I'll be dropping, if time allows. Danielle and I only have an hour to play but between us probably have about three hours of incredible nineties hip hop, pop and r'n'b to throw down. Kissing a bunch of tracks goodbye tomorrow night's gonna hurt.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Summer Camp share new video for "Down"

And it's entirely made up of cinemagraph gifs. Stuck in some weird time trap, the duo can't seem to escape the small-town blues at their creepy Halloween party. It's been directed by Chris Doyle and is already one of my fave music videos of the year. Probably.

Enjoy. Their album's out on Halloween, aptly.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

2:54 debut video for "Scarlet"

Here's the new-ish 2:54 video for "Scarlet". This sister-centric foursome have already been making a name for themselves around London and put on a pretty good show at the Great Escape earlier this year. Though they wear their influences openly on their sullen sleeves, there's still something about their vocals that makes the Thurlow sisters stick out in my mind.

They're embarking on the latter half of an autumn tour in November (they've already been on the road with the Maccabees), dates for which you can see below. I'd recommend seeing them if that whole sexy-sulky PJ Harvey-loving thing gets you going. Last time I saw them you could practically smell all the hipster boy boners growing in the room throughout their set. It was hilarious and awkward.

Their EP Scarlet drops on November 14th, via Fiction.

November Dates:

1 – Village Underground, London+
2 – Trinity, Bristol+
4 – 60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth (headlining)
6 – Louisiana, Bristol (headlining)
9 – Corsica Studios, London (headlining w/ Bos Angeles, Novella)
11 – Classic Grand, Glasgow*
12 - Constellations Festival, Leeds
14 – Academy 3, Manchester*
15 – Academy 2, Liverpool*
17 – Wedgwood Rooms, Portsmouth*
18 – Digital, Brighton*
19 – HMV Library, Birmingham*
21 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham*
22 – Thekla, Bristol*

* = with The Big Pink
+ = with The Maccabees

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Song of the Day: "As Young As Yesterday"

Korallreven - As Young As Yesterday by Addict Music

This Korallreven single is in no way a completely new thing to like, but I just can't seem to shake my love for it. It didn't make it onto the blog when it first dropped cos I was pushing it on Addict Music and got all caught up in that.

The soul claps, bombastic synths and overall tight production make it such a joy to listen to. That use of strummed acoustic guitar transitioning into a manipulated vocal and wild bass sample is just so subtle and well thought through. I am in love with this song (and gushing).

The blog's going quiet for the weekend because I'll be away in Brighton, then with the fam in London and Hertfordshire. Check out the Facebook for the latest videos from M83, Friends and New Look though. There are always fun little things happening there. Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, 17 October 2011

Q & A with Summer Camp

I've been listening to the new Summer Camp record pretty much non-stop for the last week, and was pretty damn psyched when I grabbed them for an interview on Don't Panic. Welcome To Condale drops on Halloween, but til then why not enjoy the words we exchanged on cookie-baking for fans and why being in the Arcade Fire must be kinda awkward?

Song of the Day: "Video Games (Jamie Woon Remix)"

Right, well it looks like the whole Lana Del Ray thing is actually becoming a thing. When "Video Games" first appeared a few months ago, I was instantly in love with the simple piano line and her smoky vocals.

Then I watched this. Then this. And I realised that while she may sound lovely on the record, this girl can't sing and can't really perform with much confidence. I don't want this blog to be a space for hating, so I'll keep this brief: Jamie Woon's remix of this song makes it worth listening to again.

Enjoy. And if you think I'm wrong about her, tell me why.

SCUM debut new session video

Here's the exclusive stream for SCUM's performance of Whitechapel, in session for Mute Records. The band are about to play a whole bunch of dates as part of NME's Radar Tour (with the absolute darlings, Niki & The Dove). Tickets are still going here.

In the meantime, enjoy their synth-driven poppy post punk right now. I'm in the process of sorting an interview with these lot so will be letting you know how that goes if it's a success!

Saturday, 15 October 2011

FREE SHIT Part 30: Pandr Eyez

Pandr Eyez - 04 Eyes On You by CASCINE

It's been a minute since I posted anything by these two, but Pandr Eyez have got a couple of new and exciting developments in their musical pipelines.

First off, they've just been picked up by Cascine (one of my favourite independent labels of all time) for a digital-only release of the Eyes On You EP, due out soon. And second, you can cop a free download of its title track above, now.

I can't wait to see these two live and in action because if these tracks are any indication, it'll be quite the event. And yes, the Bonjay comparisons will probably start flooding in but that's that. I'm sure they'll get used to it.

Enjoy, and hope everyone's having a great weekend!

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Big Deal debut new video for "Distant Neighbourhood"

It's another beauty, celebrating youth, slow-motion and awesome jewellery. I don't have much to say about this band because I feel like I've said it all already: they're damn good. Their record is available to buy here.

photo courtesy of me

Stream M83's 'Hurry Up, We're Dreaming'

I've been waiting for the chance to share this epic two-disc album with you all, and it's finally here. Woot! M83 has really brought out something special, euphoric and beautifully textured. Enjoy this one, over a listening party with friends or on your own if that's how you'd prefer.

Yes, there are twenty-two songs on it, but it's well worth investing in. You can pre-order it yourself on vinyl or CD here.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

FREE SHIT Part 29: My Panda Shall Fly

My Panda Shall Fly - Sydney [Free Download via MTV] by My Panda Shall Fly ♥

The awesome Suren Seneviratne has been doing big tings since I first stumbled across his tracks a few months ago. As well as nabbing himself an MTV UK feature online, he's also been playing and DJing a whole host of nights all over the city.

So if you missed him at CAMP for the Emika record launch last week, I strongly suggest heading down to Notting Hill Arts Club on Friday (October 14th) for a Talking At Me night. He's throwing down a live set with a bunch of DJs I've never heard of but if this video below is any hint, it's gonna go off. Be there. He's the only reason you'll ever find me whisper-singing The Weeknd to myself at my desk, like some sort of hesitant hipster loser.

And yes, sometimes when I sing "am I making love to you through her" it creeps out the girl sat next to me. It happens.

My Panda Shall Fly, God Dont Like It, Corsica Studios 2011 from DGTL on Vimeo.

School of Seven Bells remix Surfer Blood

The power pop boys have been given a beautiful and bassy revamp by one of my favourite New York bands from the last few years. Even though School of Seven Bells are down to a two-piece now (sounds like they're a bikini or something: note to self, that looks weird) they still have that magic touch.

Enjoy this new version, and listen to the original bouncy track below. "Miranda" comes off the Tarot Classics EP due to drop on October 25th. I just got sent my copy and it sounds pretty fun: standard Surfer Blood fare, but fun nonetheless.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Q & A with Ghostpoet Part II

This time around I chatted to Ghostpoet on behalf of Don't Panic, for work. A whole lot has changed in his life since I first caught up with Obara almost a year ago, but his music is still as awesome as ever.

If you've not heard about this man yet, get to know.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

New Look

New Look - Nap On the Bow by New Look

This band is awesome. I am so gutted I missed their London shows last week, but have fallen in love with their sound after picking up on a tweet dropped by the awesome Natalie Shaw. If you were lucky enough to see them play the Old Blue Last or Sticky Mike's last week, let me know how it was!

And for those of you, like me, who missed out check out these two tracks from them for now. The Canadian duo mix future pop with r'n'b sensibilities in a way that gets a massive thumbs up from me. Find out more about their debut album on its own little site here.

As far as recent blog silence goes, work has been crazy at the mag and I've neglected Blogger. Boo on me. I hate looking at blogs that get updated like once a month, so I'm trying my darndest not to become that guy. As ever, click over to Facebook to peep the quick links I'll be sharing.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Oh Land Covers The National

In the midst of Soundcloud clawing its way back into the land of the living, I'll have to give you lovelies a free download link to Oh Land's cover of The National instead. She puts her own twinkly pop twist on their beautiful single, "Bloodbuzz Ohio".

Though the simple major fourth harmonies may grate for some, I think they're endearing. Enjoy this gem. And Soundcloud, we look forward to having you back.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Metronomy Debut New Video

"Everything Goes My Way" features a fittingly soft video, all deers and forest scenery. It's lovely, and shows the band's diversity. I guess it can't all be oil-slicked bikini-clad girls over tight pop rhythms.

It's also lovely to hear Anna Prior's vocal take centre stage on this tune.

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